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The Griggs family had been producing shoes in their Northampton factory for over 50 years before they even began to produce Dr Martin boots as we know them today. They were a respected and established shoe making company but underneath it all they were different. In the late 1950's Bill Griggs happened upon an advert in the Shoe and Leather News magazine by a German duo named 'Dr Maertens' and 'Dr Funck' looking for an innovative overseas company to take their new 'Air Cushioned Sole' and turn it into a shoe.
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Bill Griggs and the duo teamed up and on 1st April 1960, the Dr Martin was born.
Over the next 40 years the 'Dr Martin' boot (initially intended as a work man's boot and worn in the factories) was to be adopted as a 'uniform' by many different British sub cultures and established as a beacon of difference and rebellion against society. Pete Townsend immortalised this rebellion was in amongst the flower power-ness of the 1960's, donning a pair of Dr Martins on stage with his band The Who.
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'Consequently, the subcultures who have championed Dr. Martens reads like a Who's Who' of youth culture: skins, punks, two tone, Oi!, hardcore, psychobilly, goth, industrial, grebo, grunge, Britpop, emo … the list goes on.' (drmartins.co.uk)